TMJ and Clenching / Grinding / Bruxism
TMJ disorder or TMD is a group of disorders that consist of myo-facial pain, internal derangement of the joint, and/or inflammation of the joint in the form of arthritis. Habitual clenching and grinding of the teeth, trauma to the jaw, whiplash from automobile accidents, and sleep apnea can generally aggravate the problem.
The symptoms of TMD can range from muscle stiffness in the jaw and temple areas, discomfort when opening and closing the mouth, clicking, grating, or popping of the joint when in motion, radiating pain in the face and jaw areas, limited movement of the jaw or even a lock jaw, as well as migraines and headaches.
There are various interventions that can be done in order to minimize these symptoms. These modalities are neuromuscular approach, acupuncture, IMS, and physiotherapy.
Here at North Central Dental, we use digital x-rays in order to minimize radiation, and to get the best results possible. For more information about dental digital x-rays check our blog here.
According to statistics more than 40,000 new cases of oral cancer would be diagnosed this year in North America. As a routine oral examination we visually inspect the condition of the tongue and its under soft tissue, the palate, inside the cheeks, and the lips. Velscope is a portable device that aids in detecting cancer and pre-cancerous soft tissue lesions as well as areas of concern that may require further action and that might otherwise have been overlooked.
This 3D Extraoral Imaging System boosts the highest resolution. Cone Bean Volumetric Tomography (CBVT) also known as Con Beam CT is an imaging modality that produces volume imaging easily and rapidly. The Cone beam scanners utilize a cone-shaped beam to scan the entire region of interest in a single rotation. A computer software manipulates the volumes into multiple slices for viewing. It is about 1/10 the radiation of a medical CT.
Bad breath can be unpleasant and sometimes embarrassing. Several things can cause bad breath: tooth decay, gum disease, certain type of food, tobacco, and even certain medical conditions may be involved. In healthy people, the main reason comes from microbial deposits on the tongue. Studies show that it is possible to reduce bad breath by nearly 70% by brushing the back of the tongue. Check this article for more information.
It is quite common for patients to have some apprehension to dental visits, especially if they have not gone to the dentist for a long time. Our team at North Central Dental will explain in detail the treatment and take your concerns into consideration.
We follow the Alberta Dental Association Fee Schedule.